How NOT to doorstep voters as video goes viral - The Coventry Observer

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How NOT to doorstep voters as video goes viral

Coventry Editorial 21st Apr, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

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COVENTRY Labour candidate Colleen Fletcher and a councillor became victims of 21st century doorstep campaigning when a knock on a door in search of votes resulted in an embarrassing video going viral across the internet.

She and fellow Coventry city councillor John McNicholas had knocked on a door to discover they were being videod by the would-be voters.

The cringeworthy result was posted on Facebook and Youtube.

Some less kind commenters said the video should be used as a manual of how NOT to do doorstep campaigning.

Mrs Fletcher, expected to be shoo-in as the next MP for Coventry North East as the Labour replacement for the retiring Bob Ainsworth – in one of the country’s safest Labour seats – seemed uncertain about explaining her party’s policy on defence.

Coun McNicholas had long since given up, after the residents said they were videoing “for a laugh”. They claimed they wanted the candidate’s views for “social media”.

When Coun McNicholas asked why they were videoing, he was invited to “convince us” to vote Labour, by the residents who claimed to be undecided.

Mrs Fletcher said: “We’re just doing some canvassing to see how much support there is, that’s what we’re doing. That’s the idea of doing what we’re doing, just meeting people..”

She was then asked to explain her views on defence and whether Britain should renew its nuclear Trident missile system, with one of the residents claiming to be “ex-Navy”.

She can be heard saying: “What do you mean?.. Well, I agree with.. erm.. well I mean… I think we do, ‘Yes’. I certainly think that.”

The short video ends with one of the residents saying, “So there you go then, don’t vote Labour.”

*Video Courtesy of Hollis Road Exposed

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